Bulimia

End the NHS Wait

Kat Pugh | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Kat Pugh

In 2010, the billboards promised us that the Tories would cut the deficit and not the NHS. Now, less than a year out from the General election, the NHS is once again the main talking point.

'I Had A Great Life On The Outside But I Was Miserable Inside'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment

Nicole Scherzinger has opened up about her battle with bulimia, in a shocking new interview where she reveals that her eating disorder stopped her fro...

'Drunkorexia: When Alcoholism Meets Eating Disorders'

Sam Thomas | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The term 'Drunkorexia' is relatively new, but the condition is not. Drunkorexia is a combination of alcoholism and anorexia or bulimia. Usually, a person suffering from drunkorexia will deprive himself or herself of food during the day, in an attempt to keep calories under control when he or she goes drinking later.

I Was Good at Having an Eating Disorder

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

I knew all the tricks of the trade. And over time I got better at lying, hiding food, causing a scene at a meal time... I was pleased with myself. I felt proud as I began to lose weight. Proud when I missed meals and no one knew. My anorexia praised me. She told me how well I was doing.

Lucy Sherriff

A Day In The Life Of A Student With A Severe Eating Disorder

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Felicity Mckee is a 23-year-old undergraduate at Ulster University. On paper, she sounds like any other normal student - except she suffers from a sev...

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

My life seems so different now, I sit here waiting for my boyfriend to cook dinner, I have a pudding planned and celebrations over the weekend. Six years ago I would have done none of this. Six years ago my life was planned around food and exercise.

Mental Health Week: I'd Rather Be a Nutter!

Adam Rickitt | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Rickitt

So here we are in Mental Health Week, a week created to break down stigma towards mental health and to create better understanding of the issue. The trick though is that people need to realise it's not a disease. It's not some trauma like cancer seemingly picking people at malicious whim. Mental health is something that is in all of us. For some it engulfs us, and for some it doesn't.

Eating Disorders Are Notoriously Hard to Cure, But Does Animal Therapy Hold the Key?

Annabel Burn | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

It wasn't just a case of wanting to be thinner; eating disorders, pretty quickly, cause chemical imbalances that bring on depression, and eventually I felt like I was not worth feeding. Lying awake at night with heart palpitations, I knew what I was doing was hurting me, but gradually, my worth became linked, in my eyes, solely to my weight.

Eating Disorders - A Women's Problem? Why We Need To Tackle The Gender Bias

Sam Thomas | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

For the past five years I've been campaigning and raising awareness of men with eating disorders with an aim to debunk the myth that eating disorders is a 'female problem.' Significant advances in awareness have been made in this short space of time to highlight the inequalities male sufferers face, but there's still a long way to go

Lady Gaga: The Fine Line Between Eating Disorders and 'Art'

Sam Thomas | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

It's hypocrisy as to why Gaga involved a vomit artist in her performance if she cares so deeply about the issue of eating disorders as she claims? Surely, she would realise the performance would conflict with those who idolise her who are suffering from anorexia and bulimia?

Eating Disorders... on a Scale From One to Hell...

Rob McDowall | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob McDowall

Eating disorders are complex conditions which start for a variety of reasons and their impact stretches way beyond weight-loss or weight-gain and Thomas told me that his eating disorder has left him with permanent oesophageal acid reflux, stomach ulcers, chronic stomach pains, mouth ulcers, severely impaired peristaltic motion, damage to teeth, blocked tear ducts, scars on knuckles, sore throats, hair loss and pale complexion.

Dedication to Jeremy Gillitzer: Why I Set Up Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Sam Thomas | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Jeremy Gillitzer was an american guy that I discovered in 2008 when I was researching online with an idea to set up 'something' for men with eating disorders. Having read Jeremy's blog I felt an immediate sense of relief knowing that my experience was not alien after-all.

The Devil on My Shoulder

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Harrison Roberts

Asking for help is the bravest thing a sufferer will ever do. This illness you have nurtured, your body, all the things you have gone through together are now in the hands of another person. It's like watching somebody else holding your baby.

Why Are Young Asian Girls Invisible When It Comes to Eating Disorders?

Akeela Ahmed | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Ahmed

We know that in our society there is huge cultural pressure on young people and in particular girls to be skinny, waif like and attain impossible barbie like body shapes. The gendered link between media pressure and eating disorders is inescapable. But frustratingly just as women from ethnic minorities are absent from everyday media appearances, the fact that they too are also subjected to the same cultural pressures and resultant illnesses, is also absent.

Recovery From Eating Disorders: The Crucial Role of the GP and Diagnosis

Sam Thomas | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

It's easy to point the finger at GPs for not picking up on the signs but are they really to blame? Currently, doctors have no training on eating disorders as part of their seven-year degree. They have approximately 10 minutes - if that - with each patient and hardly sufficient to investigate a patient presenting the symptoms.

The Disorder of Student Life Can Easily Hide More Dangerous Disorders

Eloise Hendy | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Students are known for their bad eating habits; baked beans have become a beacon for the university experience. It's not surprising really - we don't have nine to five schedules, or lunch breaks, or regular wages... We only have ourselves to decide that cereal for the third time in a day is a bad decision, instead of a detox. Which makes it dangerously easy for people to fall through the gaps. In the student culture of make do and make pasta, again, eating disorders can be hard to spot.

I Was Told I Wasn't Sick Enough to Get Help for My Eating Disorder

Kat Pugh | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Pugh

In 2012, I decided that due to a number of significant events going on in my life it was time to try and continue treatment again. Despite my initial referral taking place in December 2012, I didn't see anyone till October 2013. When I did, I was told by the NHS mental health trust that I wasn't ill enough to meet their very strict criteria.

Cosmopolitan Launches Eating Disorders Campaign Urging Doctors To Review Assessments

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cosmopolitan magazine, the media partner for eating disorder charity Beat, has launched a campaign ahead of Eating Disorders Awareness Week to ensure ...

Eating Disorders in Children and Teenagers Are Soaring, But Is the Internet Really to Blame?

Sam Thomas | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The dangers of the internet may be largely understood but due to the lack of evidence, it's a questionable claim to suggest that social media sites are the so called 'cause?' Instead of trying to point the finger it's better to focus our attention on understanding why young sufferers are developing eating disorders in the first place.

Is It Time for Schools to Tackle Eating Disorders, as Equal to Obesity and the Healthy Eating Agenda?

Sam Thomas | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Thomas

Despite having an eating disorder I'd never heard of bulimia, let alone knew it was a mental illness. Most days I would run out of lessons or avoid lessons completely to escape the torment of bullies. I'd hide in the boys toilets and lock myself in a cubicle as it was the only place where I couldn't be found.

Eating Disorders in Boys: Recognising the Signs Before It Gets to Crisis

Sam Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

A growing number of boys and young men are developing anorexia and bulimia at an alarming rate... Despite the focus being centered on girls and young women, it's wrong to assume that boys and young men are any less worried about their bodies.

An Open Letter to Lisa Burrow - Editor of Closer Magazine

Wil Colquhoun | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Wil Colquhoun

During research for a recent project in which I explored the issue of Anorexia, I happened to pick up an issue of Closer magazine. I could not believe how damaging every single spread was, it is no wonder that body image concerns are becoming such a problem...

Lucy Sherriff

'I Was Sent Away As My BMI Was Normal.. And Ended Up In Hospital'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Services for vulnerable students suffering from eating disorders need to be "seriously improved", as young people are left waiting up to 12 months for...

Could Eating Disorders Be Genetic?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Eating disorder sufferers could have a genetic mutation which makes them more susceptible to the condition, scientists have found. Two gene mutatio...

Why Do We Become Therapists?

Emmy Gilmour | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Gilmour

If having experienced trauma or acute vulnerability ourselves, are we prepared to accept and share that part of ourselves in the work that we do with our patients? It is my view that in order to offer people the best possible chance of recovery we have to offer them something more intimate than clinical expertise.